All Events

There are events for just about every age and interest at the Book Festival, bringing readers and writers together for inspiration, entertainment and discussion. Around 1000 authors appear in over 800 events, including novelists, poets, scientists, sportsmen, illustrators, comics creators, historians, musicians, biographers, Nobel and Booker prize-winners and many more besides.

Persian Classic Tales: The Little Black Fish

Age 4-7

Tuesday 15 August 1:30pm - 2:30pm

Dive into the sea with translator Azita Rassi and storyteller Alia Alzougbi as they introduce you to a determined fish who dares to swim against the tide in Samad Behrangi's Persian classic, The Little Black Fish, accompanied by stunning animation...

Nadeem Aslam

Luminous Soul

Tuesday 15 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

With The Golden Legend, Nadeem Aslam presents his finest novel to date, set in a once-tolerant Pakistani city that's grown horribly unforgiving. A woman with a secret comes under political pressure after her husband is killed; a young Christian woman...

Chloe Holwill-Hunter & Alan Windram: Push the Button

Age 4-7

Tuesday 15 August 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Benny is a robot with a big red emergency button in his belly. He has always wondered what would happen if he pressed it… Find out as author Alan Windram and illustrator Chloe Holwill-Hunter introduce you to One Button Benny. Learn how to create your...

Jessica J Lee & Anna Magnusson

Magnificent Obsessions

Tuesday 15 August 2:15pm - 3:15pm

Alone and broken-hearted in Berlin, Jessica J Lee resolved to go wild swimming all year round and she writes about the sense of independence this engenders in Turning: A Swimming Memoir. Vicky Jack, the subject of Anna Magnusson’s The Sky’s the...

Outriders: Mariana Enriquez & Kevin MacNeil

Argentina: In Search of UFOs

Tuesday 15 August 2:30pm - 3:30pm

As part of our project to explore the Americas, Scottish novelist Kevin MacNeil travelled around Argentina with journalist, novelist and short story writer Mariana Enriquez. Starting in Buenos Aires, the writers set off in search of lost voices, both...

Story Shop

Tuesday 15 August 3:00pm - 3:30pm

Immerse yourself in short stories at Story Shop, hosted by Edinburgh UNESCO City of Literature Trust. Hear up-and-coming writers living and working in Edinburgh today. Check or our website in July for the line-up.

Pet Problems with Adam Hargreaves

Age 4-7

Tuesday 15 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Adam Hargreaves, son of the Mr Men creator, presents the first book in his whimsical series, Molly Mischief: My Perfect Pet. Molly wants a pet elephant but he is far too big and clumsy. Hear Adam read from his very funny story, see him re-create some of...
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Roy Hattersley

Observing the Catholics

Tuesday 15 August 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Rachael Boast & J L Williams

River of Words

Tuesday 15 August 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Two of Britain's finest experimental poets seek to push the boundaries of their craft. Rachael Boast completes a project that the French Symbolist poet Arthur Rimbaud proposed, but never wrote: Void Studies, a series of poems written as musical etudes....